It is two years since changes to university tuition fees prompted thousands of students to take to the streets in protest. While the noise has quietened down, the impact of the hike in fees is still being felt – not least in that it has contributed to the increasing politicisation of a generation of teenagers, according to the Political Studies Association (p10). It believes this is one of the influences driving year-on-year increases in the number
of applications to study politics.
But as the other articles within this guide show, it is not simply interest in politics that is encouraging people to enrol on these courses. A degree in politics will stand graduates in good stead for rewarding and challenging careers in a variety of sectors and industries, not just within Westminster – as our contributors demonstrate (p4-9).
Finally, for those readers who have been suitably inspired to apply to university, either after their A-levels or as a mature student, our listings guide will help individuals find the right course for them.
17 December 2012